I always knew I wanted to play volleyball. I first watched Misty May and Kerri Walsh win gold medals in beach for the US Olympic team as far back as I can remember, and that turned a light on inside me. I then started attending clinics, and playing for club and rec teams. I’m now in my fifth year as a beach player, sixth year in club, and just finished my second year as a full-time starter on my high school team. I’ve won team titles and personal awards along the way, and I’ve learned so much about the game, but even more about what it takes to be the best. It’s more than hard work; it’s a desire to work hard. With the support of my family, friends and coaches, I’ve learned valuable life lessons from this sport. I’m a better all-around player because of my commitment, and a better all-around person, too. I have learned about victory and defeat, perseverance and set back, togetherness and personal devotion. I will stay on this journey as long as I can. The most important thing about volleyball for me is having fun playing the sport I love.